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June/July 2021
Message from the Clerk

Dear Neighbors,

June and July bring us celebrations of our democracy, our freedoms, and our families. As we race into summer and the city begins to open up, we have a lot to celebrate together as a community after more than a year of being apart. 

In the past two months, our office has continued to increase our capacity and has begun preparation for the November 2nd coordinated election. 
We are excited to pilot new civic engagement and education programs this summer, welcome new interns, and provide additional community resources and support, including a voter registration training in September!

Our teams will continue to be out in the community this summer as we ramp up our voter registration and information programs, and we can’t wait to unveil our new mobile voting unit that will be put to good use this fall. Understanding that our elections need to be modernized, I'm looking forward to sending my recommendations to City Council for the Charter Review.

Thank you for your continued engagement with our office! Happy Juneteenth, and Happy Pride Month!

¡Saludos!
In Solidarity,
Hon. Paul D. López, 
Clerk and Recorder
CLERK IN THE COMMUNITY
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic: Voter Registration
We're happy to announce that we partnered with Vuela for Health at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic to speak with our Latino community about the upcoming November 2 election and to help update their voter registration. 

Thank you to Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, his team, and Vuela for Health for this successful partnership. 
(L to R): Celia Reyes-Martinez, Hon. Clerk López,
Attorney General Weiser, Matt Baca, Diana Pineda
RECORDING & PUBLIC TRUSTEE


Public Trustee: Foreclosure Townhall Series
If you’re facing foreclosure, bankruptcy, or other financial difficulties, it is important to understand your options. Learn about the foreclosure process, find trusted resources, and explore strategies for preventing and avoiding foreclosure at our series of free, virtual townhalls.

Townhalls start at 6 p.m. and zoom meeting links are added as available. If you missed our previous meetings, watch them here.

Sign language interpreter or captions via CART are available upon request with three business days’ notice requested: Email signlanguageservices@denvergov.org. For all other Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations, email disabilityaccess@denvergov.org.
CITY CLERK
City Clerk Archive: Juneteenth

The recognition of Juneteenth has a long history in Denver, but this year, June 19 was celebrated for the first time as an official city holiday. We found these records from our archives to tell the story of how Denver’s Black community came to celebrate Juneteenth. Learn more on our Facebook page: 
City Clerk Archive: Pride

It’s Pride month, and we wanted to revisit a very important (and still recent) milestone for equality in Colorado and the part the Denver Clerk and Recorder was privileged to play in it.

Congratulations to all the couples who have exercised their right to marry, and happy Pride from the Office of the Clerk and Recorder!
ELECTIONS
Polly Baca - Election Judge

Election judges are a vital part of every election. Polly Baca is a community leader who served as Chair of the Democratic Caucus of the Colorado House of Representatives, being the first woman to hold that office and the first Hispanic woman elected to the Colorado State Senate and in the House and Senate of a state Legislature. She has worked with Denver Elections as an election judge for many years and took the time to share her experience:

How long have you been an election judge?
 
I started as a Denver County election judge for the 2000 and 2002 elections until I went to work full-time as the President and CEO of the Latin American Research and Service Agency (LARASA). I did not work as an election judge again until 2010 and have worked most elections since then until the pandemic. At 80 years of age, I was in the high-risk category for the virus. I look forward to working future elections.
Why did you become an election judge?
 
I became an election judge because of my interest in assuring safe and secure elections. I wanted to see how the process worked in Denver and am delighted by the security measures implemented. 
What is your favorite part about serving as an election judge?
 
I have served in different roles as an election judge: (1) on Bannock accepting ballots from drivers, (2) as a support judge greeting voters when they come in to vote at the Tivoli Center, and (3) as a ballot preparation judge at the main Elections office. My favorite role as an election judge was greeting voters as they came in to vote at the Tivoli Center. I liked helping them with their questions and thanking them for being a good citizen and voting.
 
What advice would you give others who are interested in becoming an election judge?
 
Apply and discover how rewarding it is to be an election judge.   
In Loving Memory
It is with a very heavy heart that we share the news that our beloved David Johnson has passed away. He died at 11:47 am on Sunday, February 7, surrounded by his children and loving wife Portia.
 
Mr. Johnson was one of those people who simply loved life and was up for anything—nothing would stop him. He began work in the Clerk and Recorder's office in 2008, eventually retired, then became an election judge and worked with us until March 2020 as a member of our Ballot Security Team. David embodied everything it means to be a dedicated public servant. 
 
David touched so many of our lives. He will be truly missed.  
David Johnson and his wife Portia.
Photo Cred: Portia Johnson

Denver Voter Statistics
* Gender data is pulled directly from the SCORE database. Registered voters
who choose to identify as another option or leave gender blank are coded as 'X'.
The Elections Division not only administers elections, but we also maintain a database of ballot return and voter registration information. We track inactive and active voters by party, age and gender and have various maps available for a wide range of years. Please visit our website to explore our data and maps. If you have any questions, contact elections@denvergov.org
Voter Registration Training
We're planning a training for community members and organizations who are interested in or are currently performing voter registration! The goal is to provide a detailed training in the areas of the Secretary of State Voter Registrations Drives (VRD) requirements, VRD form completion, accommodating diverse populations, ethics and more. We are in the process of finalizing the curriculum and will schedule our training in early September. If you're interested in participating, please sign up and we will be in touch with you once the date and agenda are confirmed.
Charter Review Committee
As the county's Chief Elections Official, Hon. Clerk López has decided to extend the timeframe for making Charter Review Committee (CRC) recommendations to City Council to the end of June. This timeline will give the Clerk and Elections Division staff more time to analyze the security, operational, and fiscal impacts that any proposed changes to the municipal election model would create.

Thank you for your patience and participation in this process. For more information about the Charter Review Committee, visit our CRC webpage.
Talk to us!
Questions? Comments? Email OCREngagement@denvergov.org.
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